Military Minute: Making Sense of the Blended Retirement System

Take a minute (or two) to watch our newest video! The Military’s New Retirement system goes into effect January 1st, 2018. Today’s Military Minute, sponsored by Military Families Magazine, explores 5 things you may not know about the Blended Retirement System. Learn more!

Women were America’s Secret Weapon in WWII


Looking back at the history of the United States, it’s obvious that WWII was filled with historical firsts. It’s interesting to note that the role of women drastically changed in WWII. In fact, people even called women “America’s Secret Weapon”. While people typically think of Rosie the Riveter when they think of women’s role in […]

Tips to Bond, Not Stress, Over Care Packages


by Rebecca Alwine Deployments and lengthy separations are challenging for parents. Sometimes having little kids is easier because they don’t understand everything, but they are more dependent on you. Having older kids can be easier because they are self-sufficient, but they know what’s going on. Just like in parenting, there are challenges with each age, […]

Military Deployment Life and Families Lifestyle Study


Since Sept. 11, 2001: Nearly 2.8 million service members have been deployed. Nearly 500,000 service members have returned home with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or varying degrees of traumatic brain injury (TBI) Roughly half of deploying service members have at least one dependent child living at home — from the 2016 Deployment Life Study by […]

Deployment Prep 101


Preparing for Deployment is always a challenge — no matter if this is your first or fifth time. Circumstances change with each deployment, so be sure you cover your bases before you leave. Starting Your Deployment Off Right Whether you anticipate those deployment orders or not, when those papers drop, the rush to get ready […]

Reintegrating on the Homefront


by Bianca Strzalkowski The return after a deployment is one of the most highly anticipated moments for any service member. Reintegration is the period attached to homecoming when military personnel transition back into life on the home front. It is a given that this timeframe is an exciting one, but once the pomp and circumstance […]

Deployment Advice for Military Kids


Any military kid will tell you that deployment is the most difficult aspect of military life. Lasca Lawniczak, the daughter of an Air Force Field Engineer, knows the struggles of deployment all too well. Ever since she was four, her dad, Sean Stafford, has worked on military drones in war zones. He monitors the communication between […]

Lean in to Your Duty Station: Making the Most of Each PCS


by Bianca Strzalkowski It is likely that every duty station will not be your dream destination. Not every spot can have the outdoor adventures of Hawaii, cultural exposure of Europe, or have a bustling job market full of opportunities. Plus, let’s face it, military installations do not always have a reputation for being in the […]

Operation KUDOS Helps Military Children Understand Deployment


Military children participated in Operation Kids Understanding Deployment Operations at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 22, 2017. Operation KUDOS is an educational event aimed to help build resilience in military youth by engaging them in activities that simulate the predeployment experience, such as pre-deployment lines and demonstrations. Operation KUDOS is an educational event aimed to help […]

Arts In The Armed Forces Helping Servicemen


If you’ve ever studied theater, you probably know that this form of art can impact your life in ways you never imagined. While reading an incredible play is an experience all by itself, watching one is even better. Adam Driver, founder of Arts in the Armed Forces, from “Girls,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” […]

Down Time: Pre-and-Post Deployment Trips


by R.Brian Williams The rush to get ready for a deployment often leads to putting the family on hold while you sharpen your skills and race to get all your pre-deployment tasks accomplished. But one way to help your family get prepared for your absence is to take what little time you may have and […]